Faster Disaster - "Exploding Head Phenomenon"
(Screaming Pancakes Records 2003, SP7347)

Uploaded to Aural Innovations: December 2003

(Gotta start with these opening lyrics from "Suck my Brain" by Faster Disaster, my theory immediately follows.)

Saw it on the TV set
Aliens are here, it said
They're cloning you, and zapping me
Turning us into spaced-out sheep

(If the aliens are here and they are actually employing high-science to ruin/control mankind, they are most definately using Justin Timberlake, P.Diddy, Avril Lavigne, and AudioSlave to do it. I have proof of this, I'll share it with you another time. Maybe the aliens run Sony?)

Hailing from Seattle (if memory serves me correctly), Faster Disaster instantly had my interest peaked. Say what you'd like about the post-Nirvana wasteland that is the current rock scene, but, Seattle continues to produce some of the most musically brilliant releases even still today. For the record, I still fall onto my knees in worship to the true messiah of, not only modern music but also modern thought, Mr. Nirvana himself, Kurt Cobain. This all comes many years after my SoundGarden tee-shirt and quietly overbearing sense of apathy have both found the foster home that I sought as a kid.

Regardless, Faster Disaster pulls off some fairly impressive work this time out. With tongue held firmly in cheek and the amplifiers turned up to "11", Exploding Head Phenomenon features 12 neo-rock anthems. They call to mind the likes of The Melvins, Mudhoney, The Butthole Surfers, C.O.C. and others. The band, consisting of Craig Beytebiere (drums), Stephen Goodlad (vox, guitars), and Lynne Nakamura (bass, vox) succeeds where others fail: they create something fun. Rock solid production too, many times I felt like the world was coming to an end... Yeah, I guess you could say the bottom end is... well... HUGE. And, delightefully so.

If you like your rock sprinkled with just the right amount of irreverance (I do) then Faster Disaster is your best bet.

I love this CD.

High points include: "Suck my Brain", "Headache", "So Confused" and "Earful".

For more information you can visit the Faster Disaster web site at:
Email at:
Contact via snail mail c/o Screaming Pancake Records; 9594 First Avenue NE #175; Seattle, WA 98115-2012.

Reviewed by DJ Copelinn - The New Digital Sound

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